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Puna Drug Busts Uncover Meth, Heroin

December 8, 2017, 5:28 PM HST
* Updated December 8, 5:29 PM
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Marissa Burcena. HPD photo.

Hawaiʻi island police have charged several people with drug offenses stemming from the service of separate narcotics search warrants in the Puna District.

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at about 2:35 p.m., officers and detectives from the Vice Section executed a search warrant at a home on Opakapaka Street in Pāhoa.

A search of the home revealed a crystal methamphetamine smoking pipe and other pieces of drug paraphernalia.

Marissa Burcena, 42, and Paul Alisa, 34, both of that address, were arrested at the scene.

Paul Alisa. HPD photo.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, just after noon, Alisa and Burcena were each charged with two counts of third-degree promotion a dangerous drug and two counts of prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia. They were taken for their initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court on Friday, Dec. 8. Burcena was released on bail after her initial court appearance and Alisa is being held at Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center in lieu of $20,500 bail.

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On Thursday, Dec. 7, at about 10:05 a.m., officers and detectives from the Vice Section executed an unrelated search warrant at a home on Anuhea Street in Volcano where they found 1.2 grams of black tar heroin, a small amount of crystal methamphetamine and several pieces of drug paraphernalia. Charles Deguair, 50, of Volcano was arrested at the scene.

Charles Deguair. HPD photo.

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On Friday, Dec. 8, just after noon, Deguair was charged with three counts of third-degree promotion a dangerous drug and three counts of prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia. He is currently being held at the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $6,075 bail, pending his initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court.

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